Spinal Cord Abscess Clinical Presentation

Updated: May 04, 2016
  • Author: Rod J Oskouian, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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Complications

Neurologic deficits such as paraplegia may occur, depending upon the rapidity with which the abscess is diagnosed and treated and the spinal cord level. Since the abscess and inflammatory process involve the surrounding vasculature, spine cord infarction may lead to irreversible paraplegia.